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Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V

The new Airfix Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK.V

I was pleased to find this brand new Airfix kit while visiting The Augusta , GA. HobbyTown.


Price, $ 37:00 which seems about the range expected for this kit .

Here are some brief snippets of the first RAF bomber to fly over German held territory

The Whitley's first operations of the war ironically were not to drop bombs on German targets, but leaflets, and these duties continued well into 1940. The first bombing raids on Germany were made in May by Nos 77 and 102 Squadron from Driffield.

Because of its better range, the Whitleys were used on some of the longest-range sorties in the early years, with the raid on the Skoda factory in Czechoslovakia (a return trip of almost 1,500 miles, much of the outward leg being flown over enemy territory in daylight). Many famous bomber pilots cut their teeth on ops with Whitleys.

Airfix did provide a proper box . Not the most pleasing box art but a fair representation.

The total of the plastic is in a large bag . Some companies now supply bags for every sprue to keep the plastic from getting scuffed in shipping.

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Mini Art Soviet Limber

Mini Art Soviet Limber


The subject of this review is the un sung hero of the artillery soldier. The mighty limber. The hauler of ordnance and whatever else is needed as well as the often time resting place of a weary soldier. Limbers are pulled by vehicle both wheeled and tracked as well as horse drawn and sometimes moved by manpower alone.
Miniart came to the rescue with a 1/35 scale soviet limber in the form of the 52-R-353M .

The kit was purchased from red frog hobbies ( which has great service ) Cost $24.24 at first I thought that was probably a bit too much for a simple kit , by simple I imagined it to be a box two wheels and a tow post. I really wanted it for a project that is planned so I dropped the dime and added it to my order.
Well the grand day had arrived my order was here from red frog and upon opening the Limber kit ,I was pleasantly surprised at the level of detail that was staring back at me.

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1/35 Trumpeter ChTZ S-65 Tractor with Cab

Brief Background
WW2 Soviet Tractor - this version was a development of the earlier S-60 version. The s-65 being the most numerous with 37,656 being produced before the ChTZ factory switched to tank production in 1941.

The Kit

- 200 plastic parts (light grey plastic)
- 234 track parts (light brown plastic)
- 5 clear plastic parts
- 8 photo etch parts on 1 sheet
- 1 decal sheet
- Instruction book of 12 pages.

An interesting subject that lends itself to many exciting diorama ideas for WW2 armor modelers, including people who want to 'walk on the wild-side' and modify the kit to depict a wood burning version, or various other configurations.
The kits parts are modeled very crisply with the detail popping out perfectly for painting and highlighting.
Bring on the scratches and Rust!
See the pictures below for a look inside.....

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Modeling for Competition: The Details


All modelers have, to some degree, AMS (Advanced Modeler Syndrome) when it comes to model building. This can manifest itself in many ways from adding simple small details all the way to scratch building whole assemblies to correct a dimensional issue. In extreme cases it can cause some modelers to declare that a model is “unbuildable” and prevent them from building at all. While making detailed models is our stock and trade those extreme details may go unnoticed in a competition especially when judges don’t care how many screws are present on panzer IV turret roof. In fact we should not expect them to know the specific nuisances of any model we make. We add those details more for our own pleasure and satisfaction. In this article let’s look at what IPMS and AMPS consider to be “details”. We may find out that our ideas about details are somewhat different from what judges are looking for.

Ok let’s start off with the IPMS rules on “details”

Details for Aircraft:

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Matho Models

Matho Models

Here comes a review of 3 items from Matho Models, It's a new Belgium company that have some realy nice new releases.

First up is a sheet with road signs, Normandy WWII in scale 1/35.


A very nice touch is that the backside of the signs also have a print, that's something atleast I have found was missing and difficult to add afterwards :good
Price: €7.95


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Next is a set with small rocks and boulders in scale 1/35 (can be used in other scales too).

They are casted in plaster and can be a good help for filling up around ruined houses on a diorama.
Set contains 8 rocks in different sizes.
Price: €5.50


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And the last piece is a set with 2 wooden barrels and a wooden pallet in scale 1/35.
All parts casted in a grey resin with nice details, the wood barrels are fitting both older and new settings but the pallet is more for the modern diorama/truck builders.
Price: €7.95


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Thanks to Matthias at Matho Models for sending me the review samples
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